NATIONWIDE JULY 17 JULY 18 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths TELANGANA 38,079 41,157 43,916 42,004 560 518 JULY 17 JULY 18 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 729 772 5 578 731 3 HYDERABAD MONDAY JULY 19, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION AT LEAST 25 KILLED AS HEAVY RAINS PUMMEL MUMBAI Landslides triggered by downpour claimed the lives of 25, besides hammering the civic infra in Mumbai on Sunday CLOUD TOP TWICE THE HEIGHT OF MT. EVEREST WHOPPING 200 MM RAINFALL IN SIX HOURS Seventeen died when a wall overlooking an illegal tenement collapsed in suburban Mahul. Images from a doppler radar showed a cloud top height of 18 km, twice the size of Mt Everest and comparable to the one that wreaked havoc in the city in 2005. All major reservoirs were spilling over, while waterlogged streets raised health concerns amid the pandemic ■ ■ 200 mm rainfall was recorded over a six-hour window, prodding the IMD to issue a red alert. The rain fury reminded Mumbaikars of the the 24-hour rainfall figure of 944 mm on July 26, 2005 43 pumps were operating continuously to discharge rainwater into the sea and have so far pumped out 442 crore litre water `7 lakh EX-GRATIA ANNOUNCED BY THE PM (`2L) AND MAHARASHTRA GOVT (`5L) CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI PM’s jt address KCR woos SCs in poll-bound Huzurabad plan to LS, RS on Covid opposed Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and other officials at a review meeting on the Telangana Dalita Bandhu scheme, at Pragathi Bhavan on Sunday EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad Oppn against it, wants debate on the floor of the House; slew of issues to be taken up EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi WITH the Opposition flagging a slew of issues it wants to discuss during the monsoon session of Parliament that will begin on Monday, including the farm laws and price rise, especially those of petrol and diesel, at an all-party meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday assured that the Centre is ready for a healthy discussion on all matters. Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi told the Opposition that Modi will jointly address members of both Houses on Tuesday on the pandemic situation at Parliament annexe. Health experts will be present during the address, Joshi said, but the Opposition demanded a full discussion on the floor of the House, adding the current proposal was another way of bypassing parliamentary norms. Trinamool’s Rajya Sabha member Derek O’Brien was caustic: “MPs do not want fancy PowerPoint presentations on Covid-19 from the PM or this government in some conference room.” He also said the regular presence of the PM in the House was important. “What is the need to go outside Parliament? Any address should be on the floor of the House,” he added. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said that the party’s position has always been that when Parliament is in session, whatever the government has to say it can do so on , the floor of the House. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge demanded a discussion on the security situation with China while NCP chief Sharad Pawar said the Afghan situation after withdrawal of US troops must be discussed. Many members demanded that the MPLAD funds be restored. More than 40 members from 33 parties attended all-party meeting and suggested subjects that ought to be discussed. Addressing the meet, Modi said the suggestions of all are valuable and the government will make note of them, Joshi said. The monsoon session will begin on Monday and is scheduled to conclude on August 13. SENDING the mercury shooting up in a political barometer, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced a pilot programme as part of the Telangana Dalita Bandhu — a scheme intended for SC empowerment — for the Huzurabad Assembly constituency, where a byelection is due and KCR’s former comrade-in-arms Eatala Rajender would be in the fray on behalf of the BJP . Though no one knows when the Election Commission of India would announce the byelection dates, the leaders of the Opposition parties are already in the battlefield, flexing their muscles. The BJP and the TRS have hit the streets of the constituency, while the Congress is finalising its strategy . During a review meeting at Pragati Bhavan here on Sunday the Chief Minister, appar, ently intent on having an early-mover advantage, sought to woo SCs by allocating a whopping `1,500 crore to `2,000 crore, in addition to the fullscale Dalit Bandhu scheme meant for the entire State, for which the allocation is surprisingly less at `1,200 crore. The date of commencement of the pilot programme would be announced by the Chief Minister in due course of time. Under the pilot programme, beneficiaries from all the SC families in the Huzurabad Assembly constituency would be enumerated. There are 5,323 SC families in Huzurabad, 4,346 in Kamalapur, 3,678 in Veenavanka, 4,996 in Jammikunta and 2,586 in Illendukunta. The Huzurabad model would serve as a prototype for the full-fledged scheme. The scheme would have three parts — implementation, assessment of results and creation of a corpus, intended to serve as a fall-back fund. A RACE AGAINST THE CLOCK Former Minister Eatala Rajender has reportedly been offering wall clocks to Huzurabad voters, with an apparent message that the BJP’s victory would mark the beginning of their good times. Irked TRS workers, however, cornered and confronted Rajender’s foot soldiers about his unethical election practices. Interestingly, a TRS worker’s family unintentionally accepted a wall clock, but destroyed it in a fit of rage in front of Rajender’s wife Jamuna while she was out campaigning on Sunday @ Karimnagar IT’S raining goodies in Huzurabad Assembly constituency, where a bypoll is in the offing. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had recently announced the lowering of age limit for Aasara pension eligibility from 65 years to 57 during his visit to Sircilla. It is learnt that the updated scheme is first being implemented in Huzurabad. The Chief Minister’s decision will come to the aid of 11,000 prospective beneficiaries aged 57 and above in the constituency The . existing 31,404 beneficiaries reside in Veenavanka, Jammikunta, Illandakunta (all part of Karimangar) and Kamalapur (Warangal Urban) mandals, which constitute the Huzurabad Assembly segment. Though the rest of the State is waiting for the Chief Minister’s Dearth of open spaces increasing severity of floods in Hyd, says study HYDERABAD stands to lose quite a lot to urban flooding in the future, unless its concretisation is kept under check and existing open spaces are protected. The August-2000 urban floods caused by a record 241mm rainfall in a span of 24 hours had resulted in the loss of 26 lives and `135 crore worth of property in the city In com. parison, the floods in October 2020, when Hyderabad received 192-mm rainfall in a day, claimed 61 lives and destroyed property worth `5,000 crore. How are these two calamities different? A group of researchers from Sree Vidyanikethan Engineering College, NIT-Warangal and Indian Institute of Remote Sensing used geospatial data to examine how the land use-land cover pattern changed during the 2000-2020 period in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s (GHMC) zone-12. Sidhu elevation is now official EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi CONGRESS president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday appointed Navjot Singh Sidhu as the new president of the party’s Punjab unit despite stiff opposition from Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Sonia also appointed four working presidents to assist Sidhu. However, contrary to the assurance given to Amarinder on Saturday that he will have a say in the selection, none of the four was from his camp. DRF staffers control traffic on a flooded Raj Bhavan Road | RVK RAO EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Lucknow Hyderabad: Many parts of Telangana reported light to moderate rainfall on Sunday. A handful of places recorded heavy rains, with the highest rainfall recorded being 79 mm at Dudyal in Vikarabad district. In the GHMC limits, Bahadurpura recorded the highest rainfall of 50 mm. The India Meteorological Department said that thunderstorms and lightning were likely at isolated places across the State on Monday. The maximum temperatures recorded were more or less normal in most places across Telangana. This zone includes some of the most flood-affected areas from last year, like Begumpet, Ameerpet, Madhapur, Kukatpally Rajiv Gandhi Nagar and , Tulasi Nagar. A stark difference was observed in the percentage of impervious surfaces — areas that do not allow rainwater to seep into the ground, such as paved roads or buildings — in the region across two decades. The researchers found that the impervious surface in zone12 expanded from 65 per cent in 2000 to a whopping 89 per cent in 2020. They said that it increased due to lack of open lands, which in turn was caused by encroachment of green spacP3 es and water bodies. PRASAN TA MAZU MDAR @ Guwahati W HEN boxer and a hot medal prospect, Lovlina Borgohain, steps into the ring at Tokyo’s Kokugikan Arena, the boxing venue for Olympics 2020, the hopes of a billion Indians will ride on her as a medal will bring them joy and pride. But for the 2,000-odd dwellers of Baro Mukhia, Lovlina’s village in Assam’s Golaghat district about 320 kms east of Guwahati, a medal at the world’s showpiece sporting event could mean much more than that. It could shake off years of government neglect and bring to the village facilities as basic as a road and water supply . The village has no concrete road worth the name, it is con- munificence, the beneficiaries in Huzurabad appear ready to get on to the gravy train, with officials informing them that they would accrue the benefits from August. According to District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), the beneficiaries comprise beedi workers, toddy tappers and widows. It appears that the byelection has also benefited the farmers in this constituency more than their brethren elsewhere in the State, as they received the Rythu Bandhu incentive for Khariff much early This makes it . clear that Huzurabad enjoys the ‘most preferred constituency’ status now. Mallaiah, one of the new beneficiaries of the Aasara scheme in Jammikunta, was all smiles when he was asked how he felt about the sudden windfall. “I am very happy The money would be . of great help to me. I am thankful to the CM,” he said. E N S @ Hyderabad AFTER RSS leader and patron of Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) Indresh Kumar hit out at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for his remarks against the RSS on July 16, MRM members in Telangana set fire to Khan’s photos at Afzal Gunj here on Sunday . Gathered near the Afzal Gunj bus stop on Sunday morning, they raised slogans against the Pakistani Prime Minister, who reportedly termed the RSS and its ideology as a hindrance to forging peace between India and Pakistan, during the recently held Central-South Asian conference in Tashkent. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Maya bets on Brahmin-Dalit combo for encore of ’07 show T’SHOWERS TODAY V N I L E S H @ Hyderabad MRM hits out at Pak PM for RSS comment First in line to get latest Aasara pension benefits N A V E E N K U M A R TA L L A M Leaders of Muslim Rashtriya Manch burn photos of Imran Khan in Hyd TRAVELLER’S PARADISE Tourists throng a waterfall at Pangidi Madharam in Asifabad district on Sunday FOURTEEN years after the BSP’s one-of-its-kind DalitBrahmin social engineering secured it a majority on its own for the first and only time in UP, the party on Sunday brushed dust off the formula to tap into the community’s disgruntlement over its perceived sidelining by a pro-Thakur Yogi Adityanath dispensation ahead of the crucial 2022 polls. Announcing the revival of the formula, party chief Mayawati said the Brahmin outreach would be spearheaded by her second-in-command and par ty general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra from Ayodhya, a key rallying point for BJP . “I am confident that Brahmins will not vote for BJP in the next assembly polls. A campaign under the leadership of our party general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra will be launched from Ayodhya on July 23 to connect with the Brahmins,” she said in Lucknow on Sunday . According to BSP sources, at least six Brahmin Sammellans (meetings) would be convened across the state to bring back into the party’s fold the crucial Brahmin vote bank, which not only played a pivotal role in bringing BSP to power in 2007, but also ended the 16-year-old era of coalition politics in UP. Before 2007, the last majority government was headed by BJP’s Kalyan Singh in 1991. While the formal announcement came only on Sunday the ground, work was laid six months ago, when Mishra sent out feelers to prominent Brahmin caste bodies in 70 out of 75 districts. The Bhaichara Committees (brotherhood) that played a key role in BSP’s social engineering by bringing under a common banner the SC, MBC, EBC and Brahmin votes, too, are being revived to win back the nonP8 Jatav votes. BOXER DREAMS, VILLAGE HOPES nected with the rest of the world by a mud and stone track. The last time an effort was made to build a road was in 2016, when the then chief minister Sarabanda Sonowal promised to connect B a ro M u k h i a w i t h Kargil war martyr Padum Bahadur Shrestha’s village in Hatighuli. But after only 100 metres of the 12-kms stretch was constructed, PAR the government seemed to give up and the broken road remains to this day. Villagers claimed seriously ill patients have died because they could not reach the hospital quickly enough. The champion pugilist’s village also has no piped water supply From washing, irrigat. ing and drinking, it depends on tubewells and ponds for water. Healthcare facilities at Baro Mukhia are also nonexistent. The nearest primary health centre T - 1 is 3 kms away at Barpathar, but it has no bed and doctors seldom turn up. If anyone at the vil- lage falls seriously ill, they have to travel 45 kms to the district headquarters in Golaghat. But all this could change if Lovlina rewrites the history books. Her co-villagers are aware of the transformation to the village of Hima Das after she scorched the 400 metre track to win a gold at the World under-20 Championship in Tampere, Finland, in 2018. The Assam government built a 1.5 km road, a village gate, a namghar (a Vaishnavite prayer centre), a youth club and a mini stadium in Kandhulimari, Hima’s village. “We pray that Lovlina wins a gold medal at the Olympics as her success could change the fate of our village. It has happened with Mary Kom’s village in Manipur. Her village has developed on all fronts after she shot into the limelight,” said Horen Gogoi, a family friend of Lovlina. Hemanta Mahanta, another villager, agreed. “We hope Lovlina excels at the Olympics. We have waited for long to see some infrastructure development. P7 Boxer Lovlina Borgohain (centre) with her parents Two SA athletes positive in Village Tokyo: Two members of the South African football squad, Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi, have tested positive for Covid-19 in the Games Village. In all, four members of the South African contingent — including football team’s video analyst and rugby sevens coach — have tested positive. Also, eight members of the British contingent have been put in isolation after they came in contact with a positive case
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